Directors’ group: Eddie Garcia’s passing is a reminder of the importance of safety protocols in film, TV

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2019   •   2338

Eddie Garcia’s passing is a reminder of the importance of safety protocols in film and TV according to Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI).

READ: Eddie Garcia passes away at 90

“The DGPI believes that his tragic passing is a sad and urgent reminder to the film and television industries that safety protocols at work and on the set are of paramount importance,” according to their statement

The group also said that Garcia contributed generously to the national film culture as an actor right up to the age of 90. 

They also extend their condolences to the family of Eddie Garcia.

Garcia passed away on Thursday (June 20) after suffering a neck fracture. He tripped over a cable wire while shooting a scene for a TV series.—AAC

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Prolonged use of gadgets causes seizure in children – Medical Expert

UNTV News   •   July 6, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Facebook posts of  Icon Molvizar Collamar, received 70,000 comments and more than 200,000 shares after it went viral on Monday.

Icon shared what happened to her grade 2 daughter, Mikayla, after prolonged use of gadgets.

Maricon claims to be a momtrepreneur and spends most of her time attending to her business which is crafting.

Most of the time she lets her daughter play with her gadget or just watch TV.

On June 27, she saw her daughter lying on the floor having a seizure.

The child couldn’t move her arm. Her lips were dry and she couldn’t speak. Maricon immediately sought a doctor’s help.

After conducting medical tests, the neuropedia said Mikayla suffered from focal seizure. Such condition is oftentimes caused by excessive use of gadgets, watching TV and overexposure to computers

After what happened, Maricon decided to raise awareness among her fellow parents through social media.

According to Dr. Tan Cho-Chiong , a neuro- psychiatrist, prolonged use of gadgets and exposure to television and computers can contribute much to a child developing seizure.

“I think it is true because children with epilepsy whether partial or general seizure, because gadgets have pictures, movies changes color, flashes of light and color will stimulate the brain for those patients with epilepsy and partial seizure,” Dr. Tan said.

He advised parents not to let their children, age ten years old and below to use tablet and cellphones

“Children are using a lot of cellphones with internet. Cellphones have radiation . . . the penetration of radiation into the brain may be too strong for young children,” Dr. Tan said.

“If they have these history of seizure, they should avoid these. Try to use it minimally and consult a doctor for the prescription and dosage of medicine,” he added.

Dr. Tan explained that seizure has various causes that is why it is important for parents to consult a neurologist or a neuro pedia once a child lost consciousness, have uncontrollable body movements and symptoms of epilepsy.

He also advised parents and guardians to always be open to their children.

Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Asec. Eric Tayag said, “Talk to children, they should limit the use of television. Two hours is more than enough, and if someone will experience this kind of seizure they should report it for us to further study it also.”

DOH is planning to investigate the case of Mikayla to find out more about the reasons of her focal seizure.

“We are checking on the evidence. We also believe that parents should give proper discipline to their children when it comes to using gadgets,” Tayag added. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds

admin   •   September 4, 2015

Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family's home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family’s home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014.

Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t, according to research by British scientists. In a study of more than 800 students aged 14 and 15, researchers from Cambridge University also found that physical activity had no effect on academic performance. Since this was a prospective study, in which the researchers followed the pupils over time to see how different behaviors affected performance, the scientists said it was reasonable to conclude that too much screen time reduced academic achievement. “We only measured this.. in Year 10, but this is likely to be a reliable snapshot of participants’ usual behavior, so we can reasonably suggest that screen time may be damaging to a teenager’s grades,” said Kirsten Corder of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, who co-led the work. The study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, found the average amount of screen time per day was four hours. An extra hour in front of the TV or online at age 14-and-a-half was linked with 9.3 fewer exam points at age 16 — equivalent to two grades, for example from a B to a D. Two extra hours was linked to 18 fewer points. Unsurprisingly, the results also showed that pupils doing an extra hour of daily homework and reading scored better – getting on average 23.1 more points than their peers. The scientists said further research was needed to confirm the effect conclusively, but advised parents worried about their children’s grades to consider limiting screen time. In a breakdown analysis of different screen activities, the researchers found that TV came out as the most detrimental in terms of exam performance.

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